WUI in the News

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Jan 2006 contains 13 News Articles.

Sale of forest land raises environmental concerns
DuluthNewsTribune.com - 30 Jan 2006
Rising land prices make it more profitable to sell the land than harvest timber from it, so efforts are underway for the state to help buy conservation easements.

Deal aims to protect city from sprawl
Post and Courier, SC - 25 Jan 2006
The regional planning agreement is intended to protect the roughly 250,000-acre woodland by restricting development on 10,275 acres of privately owned land that is inside or adjacent to the forest. The land is also beyond Charleston County's urban growth boundary, which is a planning designation aimed at marking where suburban development should stop.

A new tack in West's land battles
Christian Science Monitor - 25 Jan 2006
Exhausted after three decades of lawsuits, failed legislation, and ill will, various groups are backing a compromise bill that would designate some 300,000 acres as wilderness, privatize another 6,000, and keep the rest open for multiple uses.

United States ranks 28th on environment, a new study says
New York Times - 23 Jan 2006
A pilot nation-by-nation study of environmental performance shows that just six nations - led by New Zealand, followed by five from Northern Europe - have achieved 85 percent or better success in meeting a set of critical environmental goals ranging from clean drinking water and low ozone levels to sustainable fisheries and low greenhouse gas emissions.

Lynx issues shaping local forest management
Summit Daily News, CO - 22 Jan 2006
With Canada lynx returning to the White River National Forest in ever-greater numbers, local land managers continue to grapple with the question of how best to ensure that there is adequate habitat for the big-pawed, tuft-eared cats in Summit County's forests.

Designation of America's first tropical wilderness area
U.S. Department of Agriculture - 19 Jan 2006
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today marked the designation of the first tropical wilderness in the Western Hemisphere, the El Toro Wilderness, part of the Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico.

Local home takes sustainable living to the next level
Sierra Sun, CA - 17 Jan 2006
The Summit Creek home, which it was aptly named for its location on the creek's bank, uses solar systems to create hot water and electricity, hydronic radiant floor heating with a 90 percent efficient natural gas boiler, and a variety of recycled woods and other materials to meet Stoumen's goal of building an efficient, low-impact home in an intense climate.

Cities make own weather due to trapped heat
National Geographic News - 17 Jan 2006
When Earth is viewed from space with equipment that maps surface temperature, urban areas appear as islands of heat.

Work Group to Promote Oregon's Biomass Industry
Bend.com - 17 Jan 2006
What do increasing gas prices and home heating bills have in common with catastrophic wildfires? Many feel they represent significant problems that could, in part, be alleviated by utilizing forest biomass.

Big Easy: Who can rebuild?
Christian Science Monitor - 13 Jan 2006
Ever since hurricane Katrina washed much of New Orleans away, where to allow rebuilding has been Question No. 1. After months of emotionally exhaustive waiting and wondering, homeowners in the most devastated parts of the city now know the answer: They'll have to wait until late June to rebuild - and, even then, it's not certain their property will be safe from public seizure.

State debates who should pay to recycle e-waste
Seattle Post Intelligencer - 7 Jan 2006
A proposal that puts the onus of electronics recycling on manufacturers could make Washington a national leader in cheap, safe and easy disposal. But some major TV and computer makers are lining up in opposition. They say the new rule would unfairly burden their industry, potentially forcing price increases on their products or the export of jobs overseas.

Drivers atone for exhaust with carbon offsets
Christian Science Monitor - 5 Jan 2006
DriveNeutral and its competitors signal a new, consumer-oriented approach to the fledgling greenhouse-gas emissions market.

It pays to be green
NorthJersey.com - 2 Jan 2006
A new hospital building in Hackensack will have "rooftop meadows" to help keep its rooms cool on a hot day. A school in Somerset County harvests rainwater and uses it to flush toilets. A home in Paterson will run on two kinds of solar power. The "green" building fad is taking off in New Jersey, and its supporters are as likely to be wearing wingtips as they are sandals.